This has been a great vehicle for our
family. We have 4 captain chairs and a
back bench seat, with rear heat/air. We
have taken some great family trips in
Also, I like driving sitting up in the
4 door access to 4 captain chairs.
Great cup holders.
I thought I was the only person who
called it a money pit. I bought it from
my SISTER who had maintained the car
flawlessly for 6 years. After 2 weeks
the AC went out. 4 weeks later it
wouldn't go into reverse. A week later
it wouldn't shift out of gear at 30mph.
Then the AC went out again and now it's
not shifting gears. RUN AWAY! RUN FAST!
DON'T LOOK BACK! Did I mention the
strangulation sound it makes when the
automatic door locks engage? Explain
that when you're driving a client to
lunch. That's easy: IT'S A MONEY PIT!
RUN FAST! My transmission guy said if
it weren't for the Caravans, he
wouldn't have any business. RUN AWAY!
The driver's side back door is a
dream. I can't imagine not having this
door with an infant car seat.
Make a transmission that will last
100,000 miles. Or how about an A/C
that will blow cool air without
replacing the compressor every other
year. Or maybe labeling it a 5 year
throw away car so you know it will be
junked and not suitable for resale.
Great vehicle for moving the family
round, spacious & comfortable. Pity
about the reliability. I bought it with
60K on the speedo and now its at 104K.
I have had a blown head gasket, the A/C
fail, starter & water pump replaced.
This excludes recalls on the radiator
fan relay, fuel tank seals etc. I was
fortunate to have a warranty which
covered most of the above. If you want
something you can rely on, look else
Roominess & comfort of interior
Better reliabity coupled with the
styling of the later model
Purchased from local dealer with 50k.
At this writing (8/11/03) now has 116k
Have been happy overall. Some of the
reliability issues other raters
mentioned have also plagued me on
occasion. Luckily, I'm a shade tree
mechanic and not scared to tackle the
unknown without prints or a tech manual.
Have replaced starter, several rotors,
brake booster (what a pain!), idler
pulley (snapped off while driving),
Front and rear AC expansion
valve/dryer.Also have intermittent
wiper gremlin where pulse wipe quits.
Even with all this, my wife loves it
and I'd probably get another one if I
weren't tiring of the design.
Seats for comfort and convenience.
Carpet for cleanability.
Factory privacy glass really works well.
Quiet, smooth engine/tranny. (3.3L)
Fit/finish for mid-level vehicle is
Electrical systems seem problematic.
1. gremlin in pulse wipers
2. occasionally the van just dies, no
warning or idiot lights ... just quits.
This car has been a real family friend
and I would love it if I didn't have to
replace the transmission every other
year. This is my 3rd Dodge Caravan and
I will never purchase one again. If
your drink splashes or spills in the
cup holder, be sure that the cd's in cd
holder will get soaked. Too bad I
can't afford to keep repairing
everything and the gas mileage. I'd
keep the car if it weren't for those
problems. If I ever get another
minivan, which I probably will, it
won't be American. What a shame.
Peppy pick up and very comfortable
ride. Plenty of room for the kiddies
and moving large objects.
better cup holders, transmission
shouldn't be built as disposable but
rather to last. Gadgets that last
rather than become broken. Needs
better gas mileage, a gas guzzler.